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Last Updated: Saturday, 16 June 2007, 16:12 GMT 17:12 UK
Pakistan to interview Aussie trio
Geoff Lawson
Lawson took 180 wickets in 46 Tests between 1980 and 1989
Pakistan have shortlisted Australian trio Geoff Lawson, Richard Done and Dav Whatmore for the job of coaching the national team, it has been announced.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is searching for a foreign coach to replace former England player Bob Woolmer who died during the World Cup.

And director of cricket Zakir Khan said an appointment would be made before a one-day series in Glasgow in July.

"We need a foreign, qualified and energetic coach," said Khan.

"We have shortlisted Dav Whatmore, Geoff Lawson and Richard Done. We want someone who can motivate our team and realise its potential."

Done has already arrived in Pakistan for an interview on Sunday, while Lawson was due on 18 June and Whatmore around 22 June.

Former Test bowler Lawson is now a media commentator, while Done worked at the Australian academy and is now the International Cricket Council's high performance manager.

Whatmore has had two stints as coach of Sri Lanka and has just completed four years with Bangladesh.

Pakistan, who host a Test series against South Africa in September, face one-dayers against Scotland and India from 1 July.

I'm flattered I've even been invited. I certainly haven't been chasing it

Geoff Lawson

Lawson, 49, claimed 180 wickets in 46 Tests between 1980 and 1989 before finishing his career as New South Wales state captain and later becoming their coach.

He told the Australian newspaper: "It's a significant challenge. They're an underachieving team with plenty of talent.

"I'm flattered I've even been invited. I certainly haven't been chasing it. At short notice they asked me to come to Islamabad for an interview."

Done played first-class cricket for NSW before beginning a successful coaching career in Australia.

He worked for nine years as senior coach at the Australian Cricket Academy and was responsible for the development of pacemen Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee, Michael Kasprowicz and Jason Gillespie.

Whatmore was also linked with the India job but missed out.

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